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Elissa Nicole Sullivan

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MADISON, Conn. -- Elissa Nicole Sullivan of High Hill Circle, Madison, died in Marlboro, Vt. Friday, March 11, 2005. She was the daughter of James J. and Una Lisa Turnbull Sullivan of Madison, sister of Erica C. Sullivan of Madison, paternal granddaughter of Donald J. and Mary Shanahan Sullivan of Guilford and maternal granddaughter of the late Frederick C. and Una McMorro Turnbull (formerly of Branford).

Elissa was a beautiful girl with a brilliant smile. She was a 2001 graduate of the Daniel Hand High School in Madison.

Throughout her years. Elissa’s talents have been recognized in many ways. Her awards include the Art Certificate for Leadership, the Art Service Award, the Junior and Senior Award for Fine Arts Portfolio (first place and best in show), and acceptance into the Wesleyan Center for Creative Youth program for visual arts. Elissa also received the Mary F. Coughlin Memorial Award, the Charles Collins Memorial Book Award, the John Slade Ely House Award and the Future Choices Award. In addition to all of her awards, Elissa received the Women’s Club of Madison Scholarship and the R.J. Julia Bookseller Scholarship.

Elissa was passionate for both art and literature. She was employed by both the R.J. Julia Bookstore and the Bennington College Bookstore during high school and college. In June, Elissa was due to receive a bachelor of art degree with a concentration in fine arts from Bennington College in Vermont. She had been accepted into the masters program at Bennington and was planning on completing a masters of teaching.

While at Bennington, Elissa received the Brockway Merit Scholarship and was held in very high esteem by faculty and students.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon on Friday, March 18, at St. Margaret’s R.C. Church, Madison.

There will be a private burial.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Elissa Sullivan Scholarship Fund. Checks must be made out to ELISSA SULLIVAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND and mailed to Madison Foundation, P.O. Box 446, Madison, CT 06443. Arrangements in care of the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St., Guilford.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 16, 2005
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